During 2016, a project was initiated to identify opportunities for re-using as many timbers as possible for the transportation of Tru-Spec® interstate. Prior to the project, dunnage cost approximately $1,000 per shift x 3 shifts per day (equivalent to ~$20,000 per week) for the necessary timbers required to meet the load restraint guidelines.
Timber that has pre-attached rubber at the top and bottom sides was seen as a viable replacement. The timber selected is 45% lighter which saves assembling time and results in better utilisation and transportation fleets. Unlike the original timber, which was previously often discarded, this modified timber is reused. This change has reduced demand on our natural resources and saves BlueScope almost $270,000 per annum.